Royalty free music for your stream! How to livestream and avoid takedowns

Where can you get music that is DMCA-safe? What are the songs you can play to avoid takedowns when you livestream? Here are 5 sources for royalty free music that is safe to play when you stream

Royalty free music for your stream! How to livestream and avoid takedowns
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With us releasing the much requested Background Audio feature we got a lot of inquiries about what is safe to play on stream and what is not. While we will not block any audio that you choose to play on stream the destinations that you stream to (FB, Twitch, YT, etc.) all have their own guidelines regarding DMCA. This means your content is still be muted if the platform (ex. YouTube) finds an issue with your music

So where can you get music that is DMCA-safe? What are the songs you can play to avoid takedowns when you livestream?

1/ YouTube Audio Library

  • Believe it or not YT itself has a library full of royalty-free tracks that you can use both on stream and in recordings. Best of all, they are all free. You can access the library from your YT Creator Studio on the left menu bar under “Audio Library”.

2/ Cherne Beats

  • When the DMCA strikes were at an all time high a few artists took it upon themselves to create playlists of copyright free and stream safe tracks to be used for content. Matt Cherne took it upon himself to not only create music but also provide a free sign license for said tracks if you are to get muted. Great source for tracks.

3/ StreamBeats

  • Multiple stream safe music created but the content creator Harris Heller. All free to use for content.

4/ Free Music Archive

  • FMA is a great source with both free and paid options to access royalty-free tracks to use for your content. From Blues to Pop to even Spoken Word, there’s a little bit of everything here to find what matches your content.

5/ Motion Array

  • MA is a site that not only houses royalty free audio but it also has a library of safe videos and other assets. Both a paid and free version of this, however you still have quite a bit at your disposal. Definitely check this site out.

Alternatively, you can use sites like Soundcloud or Bandcamp and reach out to the artists directly and ask for permission to use their audio.

Not sure how to add background music to your livestream? Check out this blog

We hope that this provides some guidance for you to help get your streams not only jamming but safe. As always any questions about Melon or the background audio can be directed to [email protected].

Happy streaming!